Following on from our visit to the falconry centre where we saw lots of owls too, we decided to have a go at painting some. I was inspired by seeing some great paintings on someone else’s blog: www.sleepyheaddesignsstudio.blogspot.com First we had a look on the internet at some folk-style owl paintings.
Jude liked a papier-mache one with flowers on it. I know, this boy is truly in touch with his feminine side – not only does he prefer the part of Tinkerbell when doing Peter Pan role-play but he has started to complain if he feels his shorts and t-shirt don’t match! In fact, the other day, Cana came downstairs and I complemented her on her matching outfit and she told me, “Jude chose these”. It makes me smile as my younger brother is very similar, he will notice if I’m wearing something new or changed my hair before my football orientated, ‘blokey’ husband does. Jude has been extremely aware of shape since he was tiny so I have always thought he would be artistic. He used to bite into biscuits when he was two and see pictures in the shape left, he would hold it up and say, “Look, a dog,” or “Look, a boat” and when you looked you could totally see what he meant. Once, he jumped up from the potty and announced in delight, “I done a cwistmas tree!” Sure enough, there it was.Cana saw a really pretty pink owl painting she loved, a very typical girl.
When we had a few pictures of owls we liked the children drew their own owls on to a piece of board and then outlined them in black acrylic. Jude drew his picture in thirty seconds and had done his outline while Cana was still slowly drawing hers. She is a perfectionist and likes to get things perfect. Neither of them had used acrylics before but they are used to using brushes and poster paints and acrylics are easier because you can layer them up, ideal for hiding smudges or mistakes. Then the children chose their colours and filled in the outline and the background. I didn’t let Jude mix any colours as I know what he’s like with toothpaste so he told me what he wanted and I mixed it for him. I mixed Cana’s at first but she was quickly able to do her own. It was loads of fun sitting with them and watching them paint. They absolutely loved it, Jude kept saying, “This is fun Mummy.” By the time they’d finished one layer the paint was dry enough to put a second layer on top and then we left the painting overnight as we ran out of time. Today we finished them, Jude just had to re-do his black outline and Cana also added a few patterns on top of her owl. Two lovely owls!
Jude’s original drawing
Filling in the outline
Cana working carefully on her owl painting
Owl by Jude (age 4)
Owl by Cana (age 6)
This was such a great afternoon even though it kept raining. Cana and Jude have both asked to go back there already and they only went last week. I wasn’t sure how good it would be but as they have to fly the birds every day then you definitely get to see some falcons fly and the man who runs it was so brilliant. He even went and got a baby snowy owl out and said the children could stroke it although it was rather hideous and they both declined. Anyway, Judey-boy did his second blog (his spelling has definitely improved since the last one – he has learned to spell ‘the’for a start!) and Cana is improving with her use of commas. The children also both drew their favourite birds, Ellie the bald Eagle and Socs the falcon. Enjoy.
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There was a small owl at the folkunre center. It was four like Jude. There was a Golden Eagle and it was very big, there was only one bird bigger. App was very pretty and she was a folcon. And how she churped went peep, peep, peep. Daisy and Oscar were vultures, Daisy came to say hello. Nugget was kind of cute and he was standing on a stand tied up next to another Golden Eagle. There was a asian brown wood owl and he had very big eyes, Jude was scared. Ellie was my faveret bird because she had nice coulours and she had a pretty name.
I went to Newcastle to Uncle Mark’s house. We went to the park, and I made a new friend called Carmer, on the way back Uncle Mark gave me a shoulder-ride. When we got home Auntie Magdalena came in from work, I was a bit shy at first but then I got braver because she was a nice lady. I was stirring the pancakes for her. (this is breakfast) Me and Jude had dippe eggs with soildyers and bacon and cqcombers and tomarto. After breakfast we went to the beach, I went in Uncle Mark’s car. Mummy made a car and Auntie Magdalena made a heart in the sand.
building a sandcastle
Uncle Mark and Auntie Magdalena
We splashed in the waves and we started to walk up the road we found a little park can we go in the park? Yes you can Cana and Jude, said Mummy, there was a slide and a little digger that turned round and a hypnotic eye.
Jude on the digger
We had some chips then we went to Caron’s house and I met Antonia and Skye and we played a zoo-game. On the way back we saw the Angel of the north. The Angel of the north is huge and is amazing.
Jude’s drawing of The Angel of the North